Accomplishments and Proposals

 
 
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Services and Infrastructure 

I firmly believe that city government provides first for the safety of its citizens; that means an effective and properly staffed police force.  Then we provide the roads and infrastructure necessary for the conduct of business and living.

The current City Council successfully accomplished this by establishing a lean government, led by an exceptionally talented staff, with tightly controlled budgets and effective oversight.  As a team, we have run very efficiently without enlarging government or increasing taxes. 

We are closer to solving the problem of rail crossings in the Valley than we’ve ever been before.  Our engineers are working on designing crossings for Barker and Pines, and our State Legislators are working on our behalf to attract funding to help us get those projects completed.

We still have to deal with the funding of our road maintenance and preservation.  However, solutions are being worked on as we speak.

 

Business and City Living

In the past, our city was trending toward more government regulations and taxation. It had been tagged with a reputation of being unfriendly to business.  

With the recent election and appointment of new council members, that direction has changed.  There’s now a recognition that our city has become much more welcoming, not only to businesses wishing to relocate here, but to prospective new residents as well. 

Regulation has become realistic and workable, and the city’s fresh, hospitable attitude has generated increasing economic activity.

Spokane Valley is home to the largest industrial park between Minneapolis and Seattle, and we’re about to more than double its size.  Exciting announcements are on the horizon.

We’re growing.  We are far more than a bedroom community.  We are a city approaching 100,000 in population.  With imagination and courage, we will continue to develop our own identity not just as ‘a’ place to work and live, but THE’ place to live and do business.

 

Housing an Effective Government

The possibilities for our city are exciting.  Our new City Hall will breathe new life into the Sprague Avenue corridor, especially with the possible addition of a new library and future development of Balfour Park. 

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The addition of our City Hall will decrease the cost of housing City government.  The annual bond payment to finance the building is stable at an amount less than our current rent payment.  And, while that payment will remain level, history reminds us that rents will continue to go up.  Plus, at the end of 30 years, we own the building.

We’re growing.  We are far more than a bedroom community.  We are a city approaching 100,000 in population.  With imagination and courage, we will continue to develop our own identity not just as ‘a’ place to work and live, but THE’ place to live and do business.

I am excited to be a part of making that happen, and humbly ask for your support in continuing to do so.